And in sports he might have considered Hudsonborn Clarke (Pinky) Pittenger, Red Sox, Cubs and Reds infielder, 1921-1929, and Eugene (Bom) Swaney, Brown University's All-Eastern halfback of the early 1920s.
LEWIS A. SPALDING
FROM THE MAYORS' OFFICE
As the mayor of the city of Atlanta, I take exception to the completely unfair remarks made by Frank Deford in his article Watch on the Ohio
in your Sept. 29 issue.
Not only is the statement concerning Cincinnati's becoming' 'another Atlanta" unfair and unrelated to the subject being discussed, but the allegations that follow certainly do not apply to our situation.
We are justifiably proud of the level of cooperation that exists here in Atlanta across all lines—economic, racial, social and political—and I am certain that Mr. Deford would find out why Atlanta is one of America's most successful cities if he took the time to visit.
My congratulations on an excellent article about Don Vesco, one of our city's outstanding citizens (Flat Out on the Flats, Nov. 10). It is a very fine acknowledgment of Don's efforts in setting a world land-speed record for motorcycles.
As the mayor of the city of El Cajon, let me correct one small portion of your story. San Diego sits right on the ocean, and you indicated that the city of El Cajon was west of San Diego. This puts us at approximately 60 fathoms deep (glub, glub). We are about 15 miles east of downtown San Diego.
JAMES C. SNAPP
El Cajon, Calif.
My congratulations for having the courage and insight to expose the unconscionable prostitution of sport (Wanted: No More Mayhem and Taking the Fun Out of a Game, Nov. 17). Sport can be glorious, exhilarating and instructional to watch or participate in, but not when it becomes legalized violence or a means to work out a parent's frustrations. With all the excellent reasons for sport to exist we must not continue to tolerate its existence for these most appalling of reasons.
I must applaud Ray Kennedy's story on violence in hockey. Even Clarence Campbell said that fighting "disrupts the flow of play and is no attraction for the fan who understands the game." Hockey is a wonderful sport, but if it cannot clean its own house, the courts will have to intervene. A professional sports arena is no sanctuary for conduct in violation of criminal law.
I was having a backyard discussion during the Dave Forbes trial when a neighbor's 10-year-old, who had played some small-fry hockey, airily refuted all my arguments by announcing that fighting is "a part of the sport." Too bad. I used to think that hockey was mostly teamwork, crisp passing and sharp shooting. It is sad that the kids are already brainwashed. Thanks to Ray Kennedy for restoring a little sanity.
CHRISTOPHER J. DUNFORD
Hockey wouldn't be the same without violence. If the NHL ever seriously considered adopting any of the outrageous proposals made in the article. I would never watch another game.